Who We Are
Little Free Library is a nonprofit that builds community, inspires readers, and expands book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries.
Through Little Free Library book exchanges, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
Why Does Book Access Matter?
We are facing a growing literacy crisis. Today in the United States, more than 30 million adults cannot read or write above a third-grade level. Studies have repeatedly shown that books in the hands of children have a meaningful impact on improving literacy. The more books in or near the home, the more likely a child will learn and love to read. But two out of three children living in poverty have no books to call their own.
Little Free Library book-sharing boxes play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce. At the Little Free Library nonprofit, we’re working to fill book deserts and grant libraries to underserved communities through our Impact Library Program and other initiatives.
Our staff is dedicated to increasing book access and forging community connections. We help people around the world start and maintain Little Free Library book exchanges. Watch the adjacent video to get a 30-second introduction to how Little Free Libraries work, and how you can start one, too!
We provide ongoing support to Little Free Library volunteer stewards by offering free library-building instructions and an online store with library models and kits; giving access to free or discounted books; and sending a regular e-newsletter full of ideas and advice. We also maintain a world map of registered Little Free Library boxes to help people find and share books wherever they are. Our Action Book Club, which combines reading with community service, is open to all.
Statistics are based on a survey of more than 2,500 Little Free Library stewards 2017 – 2021.
Milestones and More Information
Little Free Library was honored to receive the 2020 World Literacy Award from the World Literacy Foundation. We are a Top-Rated Nonprofit by the Great Nonprofits organization and received Guidestar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency.
Little Free Library is a recipient of the Library of Congress Literacy Award, the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize, Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers Award, the Women’s National Book Association’s Second Century Prize, and the Force for Positive Change Award. Discover more of our milestones and awards.
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